Raptakis to launch comeback campaign
Leonidas “Lou’’ Raptakis, the veteran Democratic state senator from Coventry who ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state in 2010, is planning a comeback. Raptakis, a conservative Democrat who wasn’t popular with the Senate leadership in his many years in the chamber, is announcing Tuesday that he will run as a Democrat in District 33 anchored by Coventry. Raptakis, owner of Venus Pizza, was first elected to the state Senate in 1996. He served until he decided to run for secretary of state and lost the primary to A. Ralph Mollis, the former North Providence mayor. The seat is currently held by Republican Sen. Glenford Shilbey.